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10 Feb 2020

Full-Time Director of Sacred Music

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Job Description


The primary duty of the Director of Sacred Music is to maintain and build a program of sacred liturgical music for the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful. The Director of Music shall seek to furnish the liturgy with music that possesses holiness, beauty of form, and universality, in accordance with liturgical laws of the Roman Rite in both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. Mindful of the importance of both educating and edifying the faithful, as well as the law of gradualness, the Director of Sacred Music shall seek to implement magisterial documents on sacred music especially what is given in Musicam Sacram from the Holy See, the 2002 Edition of the Roman Missal, and the 2007 document Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship from the USCCB for the Ordinary Form, and Musicae Sacrae Disciplinae also from the Holy See, and other relevant legislation for the Extraordinary Form.

This mission shall be executed through the direction of choirs, cantors, and other ensembles, as well as through accompaniment at the organ and piano. Furthermore, the Director of Sacred Music will seek to educate the faithful on the role and nature of sacred music, liturgical music, and religious music while providing opportunities for the faithful to develop and exercise their charisms, talents, and gifts in music for the service of the Church.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide organ music and piano where needed for all sung Masses and services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in both the Ordinary Form (Saturday Vigil, and two Sunday Masses) and Extraordinary Form (one Sunday Mass, either a low Mass with hymns, or a Sung Mass), funerals, and weddings. Sacred Heart is primarily an English-speaking congregation.
  • Recruit parishioners to give their time and talents for the music program whether as members of choirs, a schola cantorum, or other ensembles, as cantors, and as instrumentalists.
  • Train, rehearse, and conduct the mixed adult choir of volunteers, along with any paid outside choral singers and cantors.
  • Train, rehearse, and conduct a children’s choir (and if desirable, a youth choir) to sing occasionally for weekend Masses.
  • Train, rehearse, and conduct an adult handbell choir.
  • Teach cantors and choir members to chant the Propers of the Mass whether from the Gregorian Repertoire or other sources in consultation with the Pastor.
  • Select hymns, chants, propers, choral repertoire, and organ repertoire in accordance with the demands of the liturgical year in consultation with the Pastor.
  • Rehearse cantors as needed and provide hard and/or electronic copies of scores for the music they are to sing.
  • Rehearse instrumentalists to accompany ensembles and provide instrumental music to adorn the Sacred Liturgy where appropriate.
  • Rehearse chants with clergy as needed.
  • Oversee the upkeep, maintenance, and tuning of all instruments through reputable vendors including the three-manual, 43-stop Gould and Schultz organ, the Weber grand piano in the church, the three-octave set of Malmark handbells and chimes, and the upright pianos in the rehearsal spaces.
  • Organize, catalog and maintain choral library and choir rehearsal room.
  • Schedule cantors and instrumentalists for Masses.
  • Oversee, communicate, and schedule other music groups as needed, e.g. Adult Choirs, Festival Choirs for Christmas and Easter, etc.
  • Prepare worship aids and music booklets for seasons and special liturgies as needed.
  • Replace music, order music supplies and renew copyrights as needed.
  • Participate in planning with Pastor and Liturgy Committee.

Job Qualifications: Essential: Bachelor's degree in Music. 5+ years of music experience in the Catholic Church. Will consider recent graduates of reputable Universities and Schools of Music upon recommendation. Desirable: Graduate degree in a music-related subject. Essential: Thorough training in organ performance and service playing. Desirable: Command of organ repertoire, representing the complete compositional spectrum of styles and periods. Essential: Ability to follow the intricacies of the liturgy while playing and conducting. Desirable: Skilled in the art of improvisation. Essential: Skilled in nuanced choral accompaniment from the organ, and piano when appropriate; Capable of conducting from the console; Trained in choral conducting. Desirable: Considerable formation as a vocalist. Essential: Thorough knowledge of the choral repertoire. Desirable: Understanding of performance practices appropriate to style and period. Essential: Command of diction in English and Latin. Desirable: Command of diction in additional languages. Essential: Ability to read and execute the notation of Gregorian Chant. Desirable: Proficiency and experience with Anglican Chant psalmody. Essential: Effective and efficient choral rehearsal technique. Desirable: Proficiency with composition and arranging. Essential: Thorough understanding of the Roman Missal, Breviary, and other liturgical books. Desirable: Familiarity with ceremonial manuals of the Roman Rite by such authors as Adrian Fortescue and Peter Elliot. Essential: Familiarity and knowledge with Ecclesiastical legislation on Sacred Music. Intimate familiarity with the Church Liturgical Calendar in the Ordinary Form. Desirable: Familiarity with Church Liturgical Calendar in the Extraordinary Form. Essential: Technical understanding of the operation of musical instruments, and ability to troubleshoot. Desirable: Skilled in minor organ repairs, such as tuning reeds. Essential: Proficiency with Microsoft Office, and other basic software. Desirable: Proficiency with Sibelius, Finale, or other music engraving software. Essential: Ability to work with children and adults while cultivating volunteers. Essential: Knowledge and respect of orthodox Catholic doctrine and practices. Desirable: Devout practice of the faith and frequent reception of the sacraments. Essential: Work without daily supervision, and take direction from supervisor. Ability to work under pressure and respond appropriately. Desirable: Ability to adapt well to last minute changes. Essential: Provide excellence in staff, volunteer and public relations by responding to requests in a timely manner. Perform job duties in a respectful and courteous manner. Commitment to maintaining harmonious morale in the workplace. Essential: Abide by the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct, pass all relevant background checks, fulfill Essential 3 of Archdiocesan Safe Environment Policies.

Organizational Name: The Church of the Sacred Heart

Organizational City: Robbinsdale

Position Contact Name: Deacon James Ramsey

Position Contact Title: Deacon

Position Contact Email:

Position Contact Phone: 763-537-4561

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Benefits: Included

Experience: Required

Salary / Range: Negotiable

Setting: Suburban

Number of Parish Households: 501-1,000

How to Apply

To apply for this position, or with inquiries, please contact Deacon James Ramsey at Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, and, if possible, music samples.

Job Categories: Liturgy. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Choir Director, Director of Music, Director of Sacred Music, Music, Organist, and Sacred Music. Salaries: Commensurate with Experience.

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